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Robbinsville champs, ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ and more: First News with Podcast

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Robbinsville girls celebrate their World Series win
Robbinsville girls celebrate their World Series win (ESPN 2)

We Are The Champions - New Jersey is home to another championship team. Congratulations going out to the girl’s softball team from Robinsville. They won the Little League World Series last night beating Bossier City, Louisiana, 4-to-1. The 11-and-12-year-old girls amassed a perfect postseason record of 22-0.

Too Much Information - After Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda suspended her social media accounts, Twitter said it is looking at its policy on how to handle nasty and disparaging comments. Williams’ daughter ditched her twitter account after a series of vicious tweets directed at her about her dad’s suicide. The sheriff, who released very graphic details about how Williams’ body was found, is defending the decision to do that today.  He claims it’s the law that he disclose all the information to the public.

Lingering Questions – As he mulls a run for president, Governor Christie has been working hard to put the Bridgegate scandal behind him, and brush aside allegations of misuse of Port Authority and Sandy funding.  But, a new poll finds many New Jersey residents are still concerned about these issues.

Another Night of Riots – Ferguson, Missouri’s police chief says race relations are a top priority in the town where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen over the weekend. But, since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, people have been clashing in the streets with police. Wednesday night, police used tear gas and smoke bombs on crowds throwing Molotov cocktails. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that about 10 people have been arrested.

 

Evacuation of students from Cherry Hill East High School during a bomb threat
Evacuation of students from Cherry Hill East High School during a bomb threat (Twitter)

Dealing with a Threat - If an emergency happens at your child’s school, does your district know what to do?

 

 

 

Police Station Shooting – A day after someone fired shots into the police station in Bridgeton, two police officers were shot at on the street. They were not hit. The police union is posting a $20,000 reward for the shooter.

Farmers Market Driver – The guy, who drove his pickup truck into a farmers market last Sunday, is undergoing a mental evaluation. 48-year-old James Woetzel of Hawthorne pleaded not guilty to charges he killed a woman when he smashed through barriers and into the farm stands.

Paying for Road Repairs – For years, the state of New Jersey has been borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund, which pays for all road and bridge projects. The head of the New Jersey Assembly said we can’t keep doing this and the TFT will go belly up next year if a permanent funding source isn’t found soon.

Extending the Peace -  Palestinian negotiators in Cairo are expressing optimism that a deal to create a sustainable road-map for a war-tattered Gaza Strip can soon be achieved. Hamas wants an end to a crippling blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007. But, Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent arms smuggling. Negotiations continue while a five-day extension on a truce in Gaza has taken effect.

Scott Cooney
Scott Cooney (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

Swastika Suspect – A Lakewood man has been arrested for carving a swastika into a neighbor’s lawn. The victims say they have been harassed by 45-year old Scott Cooney for weeks. Cooney faces bias and harassment charges and is jailed on $25,000 bail.

Ice Bucket Challenge - It’s called the ice bucket challenge, where people nominate others to dump cold water on their head to raise awareness for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. President of the ALS Greater New York City chapter Dorine Gordon says the challenge has raised over $4 million since its start on July 29.

A bi-partisan bucket challenge. After taking a dousing for ALS Governor Christie tagged Senator Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. All of them accepted.

A Divided State – Some people absolutely refuse to associate themselves with south or north Jersey. It’s day four of our week-long series on the divided Garden State, and we’re headed to what the experts call “New Jersey’s Midpoint.”

Hope for Revel - There may be a glimmer of hope for Revel. A day after saying it would close on September 10, officials told a judge they are still negotiating with potential buyers. But they did not sound hopeful. The news comes the same day the state reported gambling revenue is down another 11 percent in Atlantic City.

 


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